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What is NIE?

Newspapers In Education (NIE) is an exciting interactive program that engages students in learning by providing teachers access to the Austin American-Statesman ePaper for use in their classroom. The NIE program is designed to make reading newspapers a fun and beneficial learning experience.

NIE is a worldwide effort in which school textbooks and teacher materials are supplemented with the use of the local newspaper. This is accomplished everyday by providing a “living textbook” in a format that is less intimidating and more appealing to students.


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Answer FIVE Geography questions each week based on major news events.

This Week's lesson:
Vatican City Radio delivers the news – in Latin

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This Week's lesson:

Congress, business regulators and Justice Department will look into whether four tech firms are too big and powerful

Federal regulators, law enforcers and House members plan to look into whether four of America's largest technology firms are too powerful and limit competition. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is preparing to scrutinize Amazon and Facebook, ...

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Is Congress just ignoring shootings?

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NASA's Night Sky Network

A monthly column on the latest space discoveries and technologies for elementary students (Updated Monthly)

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How well do you keep up with the world around you? Take this week’s quiz to test your knowledge of recent national and world events.

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Tap the wealth of information in your newspaper as a teaching tool:

 Elementary (K-4)
 Middle (5-8)
 Secondary (9-12)

This week's word in the news: DIRECTIVE


An order or instruction, especially one issued by an authority.

But the president’s tweet stood in contrast to previous comments about his directive for NASA, a key feature of which is returning astronauts to the moon by 2025.
The Boston Globe -- 06/10/2019

 Elementary School
 Middle School
 High School

“Discovering You,” is an original video series celebrating the careers of engineers who are inspiring the next generation. The 20-part series, complete with tailored lesson plans, will roll out every Monday with 5 new videos over the next 4 weeks.

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Diversity, multiculturalism, worldwide events. You'll find plenty for classroom discussions in this listing of events.

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This Week's lesson:

FDA Finds 'Forever Chemicals' In US Food Supply

Unpublished research from the FDA finds that PFAS, or “forever chemicals” have been detected in a sampling of food production facilities in multiple states across the country. PFAS are used in everyday settings. They're found in items like non-stick ...

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The National Wildlife Federation lesson plans are designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards and organized by grade level.

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Daily Science Audio webcasts: An exclusive partnership with Pulse of the Planet, updated daily with two-minute sound portraits of Planet Earth. Tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sounds.

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